Part 2: Our Year in review

We’ve had so much fun this year shooting homes across the North for an array of interiors magazines.

We did the highlights from the first half  our review yesterday.

Here’s our highlights from the second half of 2018.


We had laughs aplenty shooting Lisa Henderson and Dan McBean’s 1950s semi in Hartlepool, Co Durham, so it’s great to see it featured in this month’s 25 Beautiful Homes magazine. Luckily Dan loves the Mid Century era just as much as Lisa, and their retro style has evolved organically over the years.

In the living room they’ve opted for elements of hot pink and blue pulled together from the colourful rug, but they’re not necessarily bothered about things matching and like to add random pieces from their jaunts to junk shops and charity shops. It makes for a heady mish-mash of items but reflects their individual personalities well.

Top tip

Drape a hanging bulb with a funky cord in the corner as a reading light.


The new look Real Homes magazine is published this month after a bit of revamp, and Katie’s really proud to have the front cover with her shoot of new columnist Lisa Dawson’s home (@_lisa_dawson). To top it off, our shoot of Gemma Medden’s home is the ‘Hero House’ – the editorial team’s favourite most inspirational home of that issue.

Gemma Medden and partner Gareth have done an amazing job extending their three bedroom semi detached cottage in Hornby, North Yorkshire so now the kitchen is at the heart of their home. Even though their hearts were set on open plan living, they still wanted the kitchen to feel a little bit separate from the living area so created steps down. 

Two different ranges from Wren kitchens were chosen for the kitchen, with two different worktops to distinguish the breakfast and cooking areas. 

Gemma’s online interiors store is at

Top tip

Experiment with a DIY ombre feature wall.

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Another of our favourite kitchens appears in Ideal Home this month. Hollie Goodwin’s detached five bedroom 1970s home in Macclesfield, Cheshire (@hol_at_home) has a fresh country modern feel and the extended kitchen epitomises Hollie’s relaxed stye.

Sticking to a neutral colour scheme works for Hollie as it makes life so much easier and helps create continuity. As she wanted the kitchen to have longevity, she opted for bespoke off-white units throughout and has added pops of colour in accessories instead. 

Hollie hates clutter, so the kitchen has loads of cupboards all around the island, more storage in the new utility room and a huge sideboard – which means everything has its place. The layout is incredibly practical with everything she needs for cooking on either side of the range and the sink right behind.

Top tip

Curved doors create softer edges and are safer if you have young children.

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Although she’s usually on the other side of the camera, this month Katie’s own kitchen in Earsdon, Whitely Bay, is featured in House Beautiful magazine.

Interior designer Cathy Dean helped Katie re-configure the ground floor rather than extending, which involved knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, blocking up the opening from the dining room to the living room and creating a new hallway with sliding pocket doors. 

The new kitchen was created from IKEA carcasses with bespoke door fronts made by a carpenter, plywood worktops and geometric floor tiles. There’s also built-in bench seating, sliding doors that cover the old chimney breast and conceal a TV, and a desk area for home working.

Top tip

A carpet of hexagonal tiles creates a runway effect and leads the eye through to neighbouring rooms.


With seven Christmas home features published this month, it’s hard to pick out a highlight, but Laura Stubbs’ 17th Century Mill House in East Yorkshire (@laura_epitome_styling) certainly got us in the festive spirit.

The house was featured in 25 Beautiful Homes and Laura, who runs interior design company, did a fantastic job with the Christmas decorations while her local florist created her beautiful mantle and table arrangements.

Top tip

Create a unique and eye catching pendant like Laura, from different bulbs, glass shades and flexes.


At the end of December Charlotte Asquith’s stunning open plan kitchen makes the cover of Real Homes magazine (@charlottesquith). We presumed her four bedroom 1920s semi in Leeds, West Yorkshire had been extended, but actually Charlotte and partner Chris have simply knocked through two rooms, raised part of the ceiling and added dark grey aluminium windows, bi-fold doors and roof lights.

The light bright Scandi space has ample room for a dining table and seating area – the only thing left to add is a wood burner. It really works as the white kitchen units and marble worktops blend into the background and don’t dominate the space.

Top tip

Keep things light, airy and open by doing without wall cupboards and having a tall bank of units elsewhere.

If you’d like to be featured in 2019, you can find out more about the process here.

Class of 2018: Take a look at our Stories on Instagram for the other homes we’ve published or shot in 2018 and give them a follow.

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